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What does the Bible mean?

The Bible is the most widely read and published book in the world. Yet there is little agreement on what the words written in the Bible actually mean. Here is a chance for you to analyze some of the actual text of the standard King James Bible that is most commonly used version today and decide which interpretations of Biblical text you believe are reasonable.
Do the words of the Bible play any part in forming your religious beliefs?
Yes.
No.
Unsure.
Who do you believe wrote the Bible?
God, or a person or persons writing exactly what God intended to be written.
A human author or authors writing without divine inspiration.
Unsure.
Do you believe that everything in the Bible is literally true as written?
Yes.
No, many things are meant to be taken metaphorically.
Unsure.
Genesis 1:26 reads, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." Based on this text, which of the following conclusions do you find reasonable?
God has a physical form which bears some resemblance to a human being.
It's a metaphorical passage which means each of us is like God internally.
The author of this text was simply imagining a God in *his* own image.
I don't find any of these conclusions reasonable.
Unsure.
In Genesis Chapter 3, Eve has a conversation with a serpent, who says to her, "God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Based on this text, which of the following conclusions do you find reasonable?
At the time the events in Genesis took place, snakes could talk.
The
The serpent did humans a favor by giving us the knowledge of good and evil to carry out our free wil
I don't find any of these conclusions reasonable.
Unsure.
This poll was created on 2002-03-29 13:39:15 by Starchild